A Papa for Butch and Ginger 

Wyatt's deputy, Shotgun Gibbs, runs off a saddle bum who was hassling a pretty young widow who had hired him to help her go to Colorado. Her two kids immediately take a liking to Gibbs while Wyatt and Doc wonder if Gibbs needs a change.


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Episode cast overview:
Hugh O'Brian ... Wyatt Earp
Douglas Fowley ... Doc Holliday
Morgan Woodward ... Shotgun Gibbs
Dorothy Green ... Amy Byfield
Stacy Harris ... Mayor John Clum
Kevin Brodie ... Butch Byfield
Debbie Megowan Debbie Megowan ... Ginger Byfield
Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs ... Hearn
I. Stanford Jolley ... Brown
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Willy Davis


Shotgun Gibbs is a valuable aide to Earp which is recognized by the town officials who give Gibbs a gold star and a $20 a month raise. A young boy Butch and his younger sister Ginger come to the jail looking for help for their mother Amy Blyfied who is in a quarrel with a hired hand. Gibbs goes with them and quickly dispatches the man. The kids are impressed with Gibbs strength and their mother is thankful. She is a widow of a deputy killed on the job on her way to Colorado. Gibbs is concerned that she may have trouble hiring reliable men in Tombstone. She hires two men who attempt to steal four of her horses. Gibbs had checked the men out so he and Earp trailed the wagons and caught the men before they got away. Amy and the kids have to return to Tombstone as witnesses. There the kids attach themselves to Gibbs as Gibbs and Amy find themselves mutually attracted but Gibbs won't desert Earp. Doc and Earp discuss their attraction but also a mutual worry that Gibbs is limited due to his... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

9 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Wyatt Earp Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although there were six more episodes left in this final season, this was Morgan Woodward's final appearance as Deputy Shotgun Gibbs out of a total of 80 appearances in this role. Viewers finally learn here that Shotgun's real first name is Walter. See more »


Wyatt Earp: [Opening Narration] Shotgun Gibbs was Wyatt's Chief Deputy since his arrival in Tombstone. Gibbs, his mule Roscoe, and his ten-gauge greener were formidable allies. But as the war with outlaws grew more deadly, Wyatt had secretly wondered if he was asking too much of his friend from Wyoming. Any man who worked for Marshal Earp inherited Wyatt's enemies and the possibility of violent death.
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The Legend Of Wyatt Earp
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by The Ken Darby Singers
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